Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Resolution of Senator Lyman Trumbull, Thursday, March 28, 1861

Mr. Trumbull submitted the following resolution; which was ordered to be printed:

Resolved, That, in the opinion of the Senate, the true way to preserve the Union is to enforce the laws of the Union; that resistance to their enforcement, whether under the name of anti-coercion or any other name, is encouragement to disunion, and that it is the duty of the President to use all the means in his power to hold and protect the public property of the United States, and enforce the laws thereof, as well in the States of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, as within the other States of the Union.

The Senate proceeded by unanimous consent to consider the said resolution; and,

On the question to agree to the resolution,

On motion by Mr. Sumner, that the Senate proceed to the consideration of executive business,

It was determined in the affirmative,
Yeas 25
Nays 11

On motion by Mr. Bright, The yeas and nays being desired by one fifth of the senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Anthony, Baker, Chandler, Clark, Collamer, Cowan, Dixon, Doolittle, Fessenden, Foot, Foster, Grimes, Hale, Harris, Howe, Johnson, King, Lane, Morrill, Sherman, Simmons, Sumner, Ten Eyck, Wilmot, Wilson.

Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Breckinridge, Bright, Clingman, Douglas, Kenuedy, Mitchel, Nesmith, Nicholson, Powell, Trumbull, Wade.

So the motion was agreed to; and,

After the consideration of executive business,

The doors were opened.

SOURCE: Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, Being the Second Session of the Thirty-Sixth Congress; Begun and Held at the City of Washington, December 3, 1860, p. 431

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